Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chick appears to be mainly concerned about:

2. Rather than admit she is gaining weight, Chick claims the pantyhose do not fit because:

3. Meg protests to the idea of Doc's wife because:

4. When the sisters discover it is Lenny's birthday they decide to:

5. Babe does not want to expose Willy Jay because:

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Meg and Lenny appear to feel about their father?

2. What is ironic about Chick's list of crimes the Magrath's are responsible for?

3. What seems to be happening to Babe at the end of Act II?

4. Why is Barnette willing to give up his vendetta?

5. Lenny, Meg, and Babe continually revisit stories from their past. What does this suggest about them?

6. What "crime" has Meg committed against Granddaddy in Act II?

7. What was Meg's life like in L.A.?

8. Who is Billy Boy and what does he represent?

9. Describe Barnette's vendetta against Zackery.

10. How might the three sisters serve as symbols for stereotypes of Southern women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry Miller said, "The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over." Considering any character in the play, defend, refute, or qualify Miller's statement.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the motif of rebirth or new beginnings in the play. Identify Henley's message about the motif, and use the text to support your answer.

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